General Tso's Tofu


Crispy tofu coated in a spicy, sweet, and salty sauce. I'm not a vegetarian but this is the best General Tso's dish I've had. I like to serve it over rice and garnish with sesame seeds and green onions.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hr
4 servings



  • 1 (14 ounce) package extra-firm tofu, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil


  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup

  • 2 tablespoons sambal oelek

  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil

  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

  • 2 green onions, chopped

  • 5 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Place tofu onto a plate lined with several paper towels. Cover with more paper towels and another plate. Set a 3- to 5-pound weight on top and press tofu for 30 minutes. Drain and discard any accumulated liquid.

  2. Place tofu cubes in a shallow bowl. Add 2 tablespoons soy sauce and sesame oil. Gently stir to coat. Let sit for 10 minutes or until tofu has absorbed most of the liquid.

  3. Meanwhile, make the sauce by whisking soy sauce, maple syrup, sambal oelek, rice vinegar, garlic, sesame oil, cornstarch, and green onions together in a bowl. Set aside.

  4. Drain any remaining liquid from the tofu. Place cornstarch in a gallon-sized plastic resealable bag. Drop tofu cubes in the bag, seal, and gently shake until coated with cornstarch.

  5. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook tofu for 4 minutes. Flip with tongs and cook until browned on all sides, about 4 minutes more. Transfer tofu to a plate and wipe the skillet clean.

  6. Pour sauce into the skillet and cook until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Return tofu to the skillet and toss to combine.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

298 Calories
19g Fat
26g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 298
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Sodium 1456mg 63%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 3mg 16%
Calcium 366mg 28%
Iron 6mg 35%
Potassium 222mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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